Adapting Power Plant Operating Behaviors to an Evolving Energy Conservative Culture


The planet’s climate is changing, people are becoming more educated and sensitive to persuading factors and responding by demanding governments to act by implementing environmental laws and regulations.
Fossil fuel burning equipment, design, and controls are evolving, reducing NOx, increasing combustion efficiency, while improving safety.
Innovations to heat transfer equipment metallurgy and design have increased heat transfer efficiency and there is a shift to utilizing renewable energy sources.
Private industry and the MUSH sectors are embracing energy management, not only as a mission statement but engraining it throughout their organizations starting from the C.E.O, through management, finance, and all facets of the organization all the way to the front line worker.
A depreciated cost analysis leverages equipment replacement and fuel switching; changes to laws and regulations mandate low NOx, high efficiency burners, and continuous flue gas monitoring tools.
There is little focus on power plant operators and operations except for the lobbying from power plant owners to have the local jurisdiction authorities to raise the therm hour/ kWh rating threshold in order reduce warranted power plant staffing levels.
With all this change, power plant operating behaviors in large remain unchanged from when we shoveled coal into Dutch oven riveted steam boilers.
This presentation’s focus is on the power plant culture and operating behaviors, and is directed at power plant administrators and energy professionals. It will encompass current and past operating practices, how to modify behaviors and routines resulting in increased awareness, safety, and savings.